Chris Schultz is co-hosting Collision in his hometown of New Orleans in April 2016. He’s Co-Founder and CEO of Launch Pad, a community for entrepreneurs that provides workspace, a network of mentors and educational programming and events. In this guest post, he talks about how he wants to help the New Orleans entrepreneurs of tomorrow – by inviting them. For free.
Collision moving to New Orleans is huge for our city. I’m determined to facilitate as much positive impact on the city as possible with all the great people who will be descending on NOLA in April.
This is about paying it forward. We want to make sure that the next generation of New Orleanians get access to Collision to learn, be inspired, and connect. The next generation of entrepreneurs need access to the content and community at Collision.
We’re also focused on making sure that startup and tech communities are as inclusive and diverse as the city itself. It won’t change overnight, but I want to start by doing what we can right here in New Orleans, my hometown.
So today we are announcing the Collision Scholarship programme. We’ve invited a number of organisations in New Orleans to distribute free tickets to young people who we want to get to Collision.
Here are the organisations we’re working with.
- Son of a Saint – These guys do a great job helping fatherless boys, the majority of whom have lost their fathers to street violence or long prison sentences. They give these boys hope, vision and opportunity.
- Operation Spark – This is a nonprofit that teaches the fundamentals of software development to the youth of New Orleans, helping them prepare for careers in the field.
- Propeller – They tackle tough social challenges in New Orleans by supporting entrepreneurs launch social and environmental ventures. All out of a 10,000 sq ft coworking space.
- Benevolent Enabler – Benevolent Enabler allow grassroots art and cultural communities to collect micro-donations via mobile. With their service, givers are able able to donate when they feel most inspired to do so.
- Pagolocal – A social enterprise dedicated to supporting New Orleans’s Hispanic community.
- 4.0 Schools – A nonprofit that runs programmes for teachers looking to develop tech solutions in education. It’s been great for New Orleans – edtech is really taking off here.
- The Roots of Music – They say that music has the power to transform lives and provide the youth of our city with music education, academic support, and mentorship. A great organisation in a city with such a unique musical and cultural heritage.
- Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation – A nonprofit that attracts sporting events to New Orleans that will have a positive economic impact on the city.
- Launch Pad – We are beyond happy to contribute to this scheme. Anything to inspire New Orleanians is great in my book.
If you feel we’ve overlooked a deserving organisation, I want to know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me who we missed and why they deserve a scholarship to Collision.
See you there.